Oakland Joins S.F. in Battle to Preserve Medical Marijuana Laws

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Oakland joins the pot party
Oakland isn't letting San Francisco fight for medical marijuana alone. The East Bay city announced it would join other California cities in the pivotal fight to defend the rights of local governments and their ability to regulate pot clubs.

Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker, on behalf of the City of Oakland, joined an amicus brief that asks the state Supreme Court to reverse the lower court's decision in Pack v. City of Long Beach, which threatens medical dispensaries everywhere.

As we reported earlier, the brief argues that local governments can legally regulate and permit medical pot clubs, and that those regulations are not preempted by federal law.

"What's at stake in this case is much more than just Long Beach's ordinance. If the court prohibits local medical cannabis regulations, it will effectively cut the heart out of the 1996 Compassionate Use Act," Parker states.

In 2004, Oakland legalized medical cannabis dispensaries, allowing the city to limit the number of dispensaries, require operator background checks, and conduct financial and operational audits.

In 2010, Long Beach adopted an ordinance similar to Oakland's to regulate medical marijuana collectives there. However, after failing to get a permit via the lottery system, two would-be pot clubs sued, saying that the Long Beach ordinance was illegal and preempted by federal law.

Last October, the an Appeals Court struck down Long Beach's ordinance, claiming it was preempted by federal Controlled Substances Act, which does not permit the distribution or sale of any cannabis.

The city of Long Beach has appealed the Pack decision to the California Supreme Court.

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Malcolm Kyle
Malcolm Kyle

Can anyone say 'selective enforcement'? And can a plant that has so many useful applications be our enemy, and not the Truth hating corporate whores who operate a crackhouse called Congress? For far more detailed information kindly google any of the following:  "The Big White Lie: The CIA and the Cocaine/Crack Epidemic" by former DEA agent Michael Levine "Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion" by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb "Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press" by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair "The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade" by Alfred W. McCoy "The Underground Empire: Where Crime and Governments Embrace" by James Mills "Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA" by Terry Reed, (a former Air Force Intelligence operative) and John Cummings (a former prize-winning investigative reporter at N.Y Newsday).  Every single parasitic Prohibitionist is a willing servant of tyranny and hate, having but one sole purpose - to make the rest of us suffer their putrid legacy of incalculable waste and destruction. Hand in hand with a Corporate controlled, propaganda-spewing mass-media machine, they continually connive to ensure that the inevitable consequences of their 'not fit for purpose' policy (the vast increase in corruption, mayhem, economic and moral decay) are all attributed to the prohibited substances themselves rather than the actual obvious and historically proven cause: the very prohibition of these substances. Prohibition is not simply just a 'War on Reason' it is a dire threat to the very fabric of our nation, a slow but relentless degradation (death by a zillion cuts) of all our cherished national institutions, inclusive the nightmare of new and far more deadlier substitute-concoctions (bathtub-meth, crack-cocaine, crocodile-heroin-ersatz, and synthetic marijuana) that will leave us crippled for numerous generations. 

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